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Summer Arts Preview

Critic’s picks: Classical music

Seiji Ozawa is one of the conductors returning to Tanglewood this summer.
Seiji Ozawa is one of the conductors returning to Tanglewood this summer.Hilary Scott/file

ODYSSEY OPERA The company’s third annual mini-festival is titled “When in Rome,” with rarely spotted works by Gluck (“Ezio”) and Mozart (“Lucio Silla”) in fully staged performances under the baton of Gil Rose. June 3-12, Boston University Theatre. 617-826-1626, www.odysseyopera.org

ROCKPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Under the artistic direction of pianist David Deveau, Rockport offers a formidable lineup including the Calder Quartet, the Parker Quartet, and pianists Kirill Gerstein, George Li, and Lise de la Salle. June 3-July 22, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

TANGLEWOOD Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, and many others will be returning to the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra this year. Highlights should include two acts from Verdi’s “Aida,” with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role, and a Tanglewood Music Center program pairing Messiaen’s “Turangalila” with the premiere of George Benjamin’s “Dream of a Song.” Look out, too, for Ozawa Hall appearances by Jordi Savall, Nelson Freire, Jeremy Denk, and the Emerson Quartet performing with Renée Fleming. July 5-Aug. 28. Lenox. 617-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org


ASTON MAGNA FESTIVAL The country’s oldest early-music festival kicks off June 16 with a program titled “Love and Lamentation: 17th-Century Italian Monody,” with works by Monteverdi, Marazzoli, Rossi and Marini. Festival concerts (through July 9) take place in Waltham (Brandeis University), Great Barrington, and Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 800-875-7156, www.astonmagna.org

NORFOLK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Performances by noted chamber ensembles — the Artis Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Claremont Trio, and Emerson String Quartet — anchor the schedule this summer at Norfolk, which will also host a theatrical evening devoted to Brahms’s late years, “An Unlikely Muse.” June 26-Aug. 27, Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, Norfolk, Conn. 860-542-3000, norfolk.yale.edu

YELLOW BARN This adventurous Vermont festival often pairs bread-and-butter chamber masterworks with repertoire that’s off the beaten path. In the latter category this summer: works by Luciano Berio, Hans Abrahamsen, and the summer’s composer-in-residence, Stefano Gervasoni, among many others. July 8-Aug. 6, Putney, Vt. 800-639-3819, www.yellowbarn.org


BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA Led by music director Christopher Wilkins, the Landmarks Orchestra returns with its popular series of free Wednesday night concerts at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, starting up July 13 at 7 p.m. with a thoughtfully curated nature-themed program featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Tan Dun, Michael Gandolfi, Respighi, and Copland. Concerts run through Aug. 31. 617-987-2000, www.landmarksorchestra.org

MARLBORO MUSIC Pianist Mitsuko Uchida directs the 66th season of this venerable chamber music festival and retreat. Sofia Gubaidulina will be this year’s composer-in-residence. Weekly concert programs are not announced with much lead time, but it’s safe to just choose a weekend and go — one rarely leaves Marlboro disappointed. July 16-Aug. 14, Marlboro, Vt. 802-254-2394, www.marlboromusic.org

INUKSUIT Dozens of New England percussionists join forces to perform the Boston premiere of “Inuksuit,” an iconic outdoor work by John Luther Adams, which will have musicians ranging over the conifer collection of the Arnold Arboretum. June 12, 3 p.m. Free. www.kadencearts.org

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL This summer the festival spotlights the music and cultural milieu of Puccini. In signature Bard fashion, the Italian composer’s music will be richly contextualized through concerts, lectures, panel discussions, and more (Aug. 5-7 and 12-14). This summer’s main opera offering will be Mascagni’s “Iris” (July 22-31). Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 845-758-7900, fishercenter.bard.edu/bmf



Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com